Dec 18, 2012 2:30am PST
a few answers. >> anthony writes i'm so happy to hear richard engel is safe. i want to offer my best wishes to the nbc news team in syria. >> i have to admit, my wife has a little crush on him. she's relieved as well. >> you have another one? >> we were looking at the new elf on a shelf before my son wakes up. >> you can't on the top of the toilet for their kids to see. i don't know how that's going to work out. all right, dan. have a great one. "morning joe" starts right now. >>> since 1994, there have been 70, and these are just school shootings, there have been 70 episodes of school shootings in the united states, since 1994, after the brady bill was passed. president obama was in connecticut last night speaking to a high school gymnasium as part of a memorial service. he said some things. no set of laws can eliminate evil from the world or prevalent every senseless act of violence in our society but that can't be an excuse for inaction. >> right there, i feel better. that can't be excuse for inactions. that means he is committed and going on the recognize, some kind of action. >>
Dec 18, 2012 5:30am EST
awake? producer dan has a few answers. >> anthony writes i'm so happy to hear richard engel is safe. i want to offer my best wishes to the nbc news team in syria.
Dec 18, 2012 4:30am EST
that nbc news richard engel was missing surfaced online. this is what the statement says. after being kidnapped and held for five days inside syria by an unknown group, nbc news chief foreign correspondent richard engel and his production crew members have been freed unharmed. we're pleased to report, they are safely out of the country. some websites earlier reported engel was missing after turkish media filed reports that the u.s. journalist along with a turkish journalist that he usually travels with and works a lot with disappeared on thursday. so some comforting news early on this tuesday. back to you. >> angie goff live for us with that breaking news. angie, thank you. >>> the time right now is 4:54. coming up, a 13-year-old girl gets her wish had her fight for equality. one toy at a time. how the makers of the easy-bake oven are making changes. >> w did you get chips for the party? nope. cheese plate? cheese plate...nope. i made something better. ♪ you used the oven? boom ♪ [ male announcer ] pillsbury crescents. let the making begin. here's a better idea. pillsbury grands!
Dec 18, 2012 5:00am EST
live did he say desk. since we first reported about the kidnapping of richard engel, we've learned new details. nbc news saying that the chief foreign correspondent along with his crew was freed from his captors in syria. engel was kidnapped and held for five days and eventually freed in syria after a firefight at a checkpoint on monday. nbc news has come out and said we're pleased to report they are safely out of the country. the captors were unidentified and were not believed to be assad loyalists. they didn't ask for money or a ransom of any kind. engel and his crew, this is new background information we got, disappeared shortly after crossing into northwest syria from turkey on thursday. we're being told he was abducted, the crew was blindfolded, they were tossed in the back of a truck and brought to an undisclosed location. the good news is they're saying that no one was physically harmed. the network did not have contact actually with engel or any members of his crew until he was freed on monday. that's the latest. now back to you. >> breaking news here at home. police in prince
Dec 18, 2012 7:00am PST
frates, thank you both. we're very relieved that richard engel and his crew were freed overnight after a firefight in syria. this morning on "today" show, engle said the ordeal was very traumatic. >> they kept us blind folded. bound. we weren't physically beaten or tortured. it was a lot of psychological tort fewer. torture. threats of being killed. they made us choose which one would be shot first. when we refused, there were mock shootings. engle and his two crew members are now safely out of syria. we'll be right back. new jammin jerk chicken soup has tasty pieces of chicken with rice and beans. hmmm. for giant hunger! thanks mom! see ya! whoaa...oops! mom? i'm ok. grandma? hi sweetie! she operates the head. [ male announcer ] campbell's chunky soup. it fills you up right. she operates the head. is bigger than we think ... sometimelike the flu.fer from with aches, fever and chills- the flu's a really big deal. so why treat it like it's a little cold? there's something that works differently than over-the-counter remedies. prescription tamiflu attacks the flu virus at its source. so
Dec 18, 2012 8:00am PST
of relief after being held captive, an nbc correspondent group richard engel and his group are freed and out of arm. engle and his crew sharing the story of what they faced. the ordeal. >> i'm very happy that we're able to do this slapshot this morning. we were driving in syria about five days ago in what we thoughts were a rebel-controlled area. we were with some of the rentals. as we were moving down the road, a group of gunmen literally jumped out of the trees and bushes on the side of the road. probably 15 gunmen. they were wearing ski masks, they were heavily armed. they dragged us out of the car. they had a container truck position waiting on the side of the road. they put us into that container truck. we were with some gunmen who were escorting us. they executed one of them on the spot. and they took us to a series of safehouses and interrogation places. and they kept us blind folded, found. we weren't physically beaten or tortured. it was a lot of psychological torture. it was a traumatic experience. we're very happy to be here. we're in good health. we're okay. everyone was great, n
Dec 9, 2012 9:00am PST
from over for citizens. richard engel has the latest from inside syria. >> parts of syria controlled by the rebels, there's no talk of the diplomatic efforts. the trips and leadings of hillary clinton with the u.n. and her russian counter part, there's no hope here for a diplomatic solution. instead, what people talk about is the suffering of the people. the people are showing tremendous resilience. this house was bombed by mistake. the people that live here live next to a rebel commander. now, they are homeless. there's tremendous economic difficulties here. the syrian currency is worth half of what it was worst when the war began. a loaf of bread cost 20 times what it did months ago. the rebels are making advances. they hope to soon control the city, the commercial capital. after that, damascus. richard engel, nbc news. >> we are also hearing new reaction off capitol hill. it's the supreme court's decision to take up two challenges to same-sex marriage. regardless of public opinion, it belongs to the nation's highest court. >> prior to this election, every vote has been and made it
Dec 18, 2012 3:00am PST
them elected but christine o'donnell and you know, richard mourdock and all of the other people, todd akin, people he supported the woman out -- sharon engel in nevada. couldn't get them elected. was able to get tim scott appointed. it is ironic. here you've got -- he will be the only african-american senator. but basically another allen west right? the first black republican since 1901 in the united states senate and yet he's a tea partier. >> the other thing i think about somebody like scott is you know, he's not going to sort of sit back and learn the ropes and learn the issues and -- >> bill: he will try to be a show-off. >> absolutely. you've got a guy who i think is going to be on fox news every five minutes you know. okay, great, fine. >> bill: last year during the negotiations over the debt ceiling, he suggested they should impeach president obama. because he wouldn't go along with what the house republicans wanted. >> level of intelligence. >> bill: this is the voice we got in the united states senate.
Dec 7, 2012 3:00am PST
jim deminute for christine o'donnell with delaware for sharon engel from nevada. both lost. this guy stood by todd aiken gave money to todd aiken after the rape comments sfood by richard murdoch. this is the guy who buckedtood by richard murdoch. this is the guy who bucked mitch mcconnell and supported tea partyer rand paul for senate and rand paul is now in the senate. in fact, a lot of republicans blame jim demint because he supported these walkinghacko primary candidates who ended up becoming the nominees of their parties and lost at blame him for not taking control of the u.s. senate when they had an opportunity top do so. jim demint is a guy who led the opposition to obamacare. jim demint wanted legislation to ban gay or unmarried teachers from teaching in public school. you can't -- you can't get any more extreme than jim demint. he blocked creation of the national women's history museum. i mean, you go on and on and on. you can't get any more far right wing. so it's good for the senate to get rid of this guy. but you know what's troubling to